Dr. Young's achievements have been recognized in several awards. In 1974, he was the first recipient of the Edward U. Condon Award, conferred by NBS in recognition of outstanding scientific writing. He received the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 1979, a Presidential Citation in 1986, and the Scientific Achievement Award of the Washington Academy of Sciences in 1987. In 1992, the American Vacuum Society recognized his invention of the Topografiner by presenting him with the Gaede-Langmuir Award.
- R. D. Young, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 37, 275 (1966).
- R. D. Young, Physics Today 24, 42 (Nov. 1971).
- R. Young, J. Ward, and F. Scire, Phys. Rev. Lett. 27, 922 (1971).
- R. Young, J. Ward, and F. Scire, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 43, 999 (1972).